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Old 08-21-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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Removing Stripes

I have seen a few differing ideas on removing stripes. I heard about "erasers" for this and went down to the auto paint store and got one for about $20. What a life saver. Slick, quick and easy. Heat and scrape was getting me about 8" an hour. The two pictures were taken about a minute apart. No scratches, no gouges.
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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Hi, Jeff

Are you removing the graphics prior to replacement?
Do you have a source for new ones?

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:53 PM   #3
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Hi, Jeff

Are you removing the graphics prior to replacement?
Do you have a source for new ones?

Thanks!

Francesca
Leaving the "4500" for right now. Will be getting some striping soon. Heck, I'd consider not replacing if not for the smooth gel-coat under where the stripe was. Plan to keep the fade (patina) on the trailer for the time being. Maybe I'll try the floor wax system later.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:10 AM   #4
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What would "Robert Johans" SAY?

Francesca:
Send Robert a quick PM...he's the master graphics man...sometimes, he's even made completely NEW & FINER graphics for his priceless restoration trailers than the original version. It's all started on the computer...

Lucky me...all I had to do with my old Casita and Scamp striping was to pay the high price that the Casita and Scamp Parts Depts. were asking for new stickers.

Jeff: I LOVED your eraser...had never heard of one before, but will scurry out to my own auto paint shop and try to buy one...handy little bugger!
It looks like a buffer from the pic...how does it differ from buffing the heck out of it and eventually wearing it down and getting it to peel off?
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:25 AM   #5
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Forgive my ignorance, but who's Robert Johans?

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Forgive my ignorance, but who's Robert Johans?

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I guess you didn't follow this thread or the one on his 1988 Scamp:
1982 Perris Pacer Renovation

He's got a business: TEP Fiberglass Camper Restoration
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #7
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Robt. Johans owner of: The EggPlant...

Francesca,
Robert's a master CRAFTSMAN, who totally took apart and rebuilt his '81 (I think that was the year) 13' Scamp.
It was a work of BEAUTY...a REAL LAND YACHT.
He then opened a 'side business', in Bend, Oregon, and named it the Egg PLANT (...a plant = a company) where he rebuilds old fiberglass EGGIE trailers to the exact specifications of the new prospective buyers or owners.
He's a very interesting & FUN man, as well as a 'little wizard', when it comes to VISION and CRAFTSMANSHIP. There are several of his restoration albums somewhere on the FBrv site for viewing.
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The "eraser" looks like a Cratex wheel (light abrasive bonded in a rubber-like compound) to me. I'd expect it to work much like any other abrasive paper or "tool". Personally, I think I'd prefer to use something with a flat backer like a dual action or orbital sander but whatever garters your sox. Are those stripes painted? Adhesive decal?

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Hi, Jack

I'm pretty sure the originals are decals, but I could be wrong.
I've thought about replacing mine. The vinyl rolls my local sign guy uses to cut lettering from are a standard width that would evenly divide into the correct width of stripe for doing so- a cheapskate method that would probably be harder to apply straight than whatever they're talking about that Johans does...

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The "eraser" looks like a Cratex wheel (light abrasive bonded in a rubber-like compound) to me. I'd expect it to work much like any other abrasive paper or "tool". Personally, I think I'd prefer to use something with a flat backer like a dual action or orbital sander but whatever garters your sox. Are those stripes painted? Adhesive decal?

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Don't know what it is but pretty sure there is no abrasive in it. Just looked up a Cratex wheel. That is not what this is. It is an eraser-like material.
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It's very likely something like this:

3M Stripe Off Wheel
Used to remove vinyl decals, striping tapes, and double-sided foam attachment tapes.
Will not scratch or damage acrylic enamel or urethane paint.
Not for use on lacquer coatings.
Product Description
Designed to be used with common 3/8" pneumatic and electric tools with a 500-4000 RPM speed range. + Optimum performance achieved around 2000 +/- 200 RPM. 7498 Includes attachment hardware

Amazon.com: 3M Stripe Off Wheel 07498, 4 in x 5/8 in, w/Hardware - 7498AM: Home Improvement

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It's very likely something like this:

3M Stripe Off Wheel
Used to remove vinyl decals, striping tapes, and double-sided foam attachment tapes.
Will not scratch or damage acrylic enamel or urethane paint.
Not for use on lacquer coatings.
Product Description
Designed to be used with common 3/8" pneumatic and electric tools with a 500-4000 RPM speed range. + Optimum performance achieved around 2000 +/- 200 RPM. 7498 Includes attachment hardware

Amazon.com: 3M Stripe Off Wheel 07498, 4 in x 5/8 in, w/Hardware - 7498AM: Home Improvement

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It very likely exactly like it! (Different brand, same thing. WE HAVE A WINNER!
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I bought a heat gun $10 at Harbor Freight, took the stripes right off.
Old credit cards make good scrapers.
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Old credit cards make good scrapers.
So do plexi ice scrapers.
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